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Specialized Programs

Photopheresis Unit

The Photopheresis Unit uses photosensitizing chemicals referred to as psoralens and UVA light to treat the blood of individuals affected with certain skin disorders. This unique therapeutic treatment option is used to treat the blood of patients with certain cancers of the skin such as Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma and other disorders such as Graft vs Host Disease. The blood circulates through a computerized pheresis unit which alters the abnormal cells in the body as they circulate from the skin to the blood. Once altered, the abnormal cells are returned to the patient, resulting in upregulation of the patient's immune system.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center has the only photopheresis units within a 2 state radius.

For more information on this treatment and the diseases which are treated, call 504-988-1700.

 

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5263 medsch@tulane.edu